Steve's business litigation practice is broad. Steve has appeared in state and federal courts throughout the country and has also represented individuals and securities broker-dealers before self-regulatory bodies. He has litigated trade secret and restrictive covenant cases on behalf of national financial institutions. Representing individuals and corporations with employment or regulatory issues has also been a staple of Steve's practice. He also represents and counsels clients with corporate and business disputes, including lawyers and law firms. He is a Qualified Neutral (mediator/arbitrator) under Rule 114.
After law school Steve clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Douglas K. Amdahl at the Minnesota Supreme Court. He started his legal career at Lindquist & Vennum in Minneapolis. Steve joined Flynn, Gaskins, & Bennett, L.L.P., in 2000.
Steve has served as a mentor for law students at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He taught as an adjunct faculty member at William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline University teaching courses in Antitrust and Sales. He currently is an adjunct faculty member at the University of St. Thomas Law School teaching a course on Complex Litigation with Dean Thomas Mengler.
Steve has also been an active member of the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has chaired and spear-headed the chapter's Pro Se Litigant Program and the Federal Transport Program which allows the minor children of women in the federal prison system to maintain contact with their mothers. He is currently the president of the local chapter.
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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyer||Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Federal Bar Association (Minnesota chapter)||Board of Directors||1998 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association||President||2008 - 2009|
|Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association||President-Elect||2007 - 2008|
|Federal Bar Association, Pro Se Employment Law Panel||Chair||1999 - 2002|
|Hennepin County Bar Association, Ethics Committee||Investigator||1996 - 1999|
|Minnesota State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section||Chair||1993 - 1994|
|Warren E. Burger American Inn of Court||Master||1992 - 1993|
|Minnesota Institute of Legal Education||Remedial Action and Cost Recovery, Hazardous Waste in Minnesota||1986|
|William Mitchell College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Carleton College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1978|
|Strategic Discovery||"The Art of Being Appropriately Agressive"||2009|
|Litigation Advocacy Institute||"The Judgment of the Judges -Observations as to Why Certain Cases Succeed and Others Fail"||2009|
|MSBA-CLE: Internal Investigations||Fact Gathering, Including Electronic Document Searches: Preserving Privilege||2003|
|MILE- CLE: Arbitration||The Practical Implications of Arbitration of Employment Disputes||2003|
|MILE-CLE: Motion Practice||Twelve Points to Remember About Motion Practice in Federal Court||2000|
|National Practice Institute: - CLE||Starting Your Own Practice||1999|
|MSBA — CLE: Punitive Damages||The Complete Story||1997|